It was still dark out when Sinbad awoke. He reluctantly pulled away from his still sleeping fiance, and got out of bed.
Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, Sinbad grabbed his pajama pants and pulled them on. He wanted to watch some TV, but he didn’t want to wake Shark up.
Shark looked so peaceful as he kept slumbering. Every once in a while, however, he shivered. Cringing at this, Sinbad pulled the blanket up on him. This looked to stop the shivering.
Glad that Shark looked warmer now, Sinbad quietly tiptoed outside. He didn’t even care how cold it most likely was outside now.
Sitting down on the grass, Sinbad craned his neck skyward to look at the moon and stars. He only briefly looked back to see someone running by, but thought nothing of it.
Once Sagebear trotted back out of the house, she did so with her new squeaky toy in her mouth.
Her bespectacled new friend happily waved goodbye to her, in the hopes that’d she’d return again.
As soon as Sagebear was back out on the sidewalk, she made another beeline back to the house. The whole time she did so, she saw neither hide nor hair of Sebastian.
Much to her surprise, Sagebear saw Sinbad outside when she got back. When he saw her, somehow he didn’t look too frightened.
Instead, he reached over to pick her up when she got close enough. The two touched noses in greeting.
“Out for a late night stroll, dog?” She just dropped her toy next to him and let him position her in his lap. Her tail then thumped against his leg.
Sinbad then began to pet her, and scratch her behind the ears. He was so grateful that he and Shark had Sagebear in their lives.
At some point, he bent over and rested his face onto her. He sighed contentedly, holding her close in a nice warm hug.
Sebastian couldn’t stop trembling if he tried.
It was just so surreal to have seen that face again. The emotions that welled up inside him threatened to burst in a torrent of vomit.
Everything was so intense and confusing, and painful. It felt as if Sebastian’s very soul was threatening to tear itself apart.
He thought he’d never see him again, after what happened with his mother Catarina. She had reacted so violently, and the consequences were incredibly severe.
Opening his mouth for the first time in ages, Sebastian whispered a name he’d thought he would never get to say again:
Eventually, it got too cold to be sitting outside.
Sinbad picked up Sagebear’s squeaky toy with one hand. He reached over to pick her up again, only for her to waddle away to a different part of the lawn.
“Uhhh…Dog, what are you…?” She then squatted down on the grass, letting loose with a stream of urine onto the ground.
Sagebear looked rather content as she pissed on the lawn. Realizing what she was doing, Sinbad looked away embarrassed.
“Sorry, dog. I ain’t one to look at a lady peeing,” he told her as he waited until she was done. Sagebear signaled this when she kicked up the ground with her hind legs.
When she was done, Sinbad motioned for her to come back inside. Right away, she leapt up onto the bed next to Shark.
In the time they were outside, Shark had shifted positions. He now lay on his back, still looking quite at ease.
Sagebear then stepped onto his chest, leading him to hug her in his sleep. He murmured happily, something Sinbad couldn’t quite make out.
Deciding it was just sleeptalking, Sinbad shrugged and got back into bed next to the two of them.
(Song the chapter title comes from: )